Merton sets a date for Big Merton Spring Clean

Merton Council, in partnership with community action group Merton Matters, is calling on residents to take up their brooms and don their rubber gloves for the Big Merton Spring Clean.

Anyone wishing to take part in the spring clean should register their interest by Monday 24 March. All they need to do is call 020 8545 3189 and leave their name, the street where they live and confirmation that they are willing to help in any of the areas selected for the Big Merton Spring Clean. Merton Council will hand out litter picks, gloves and bags on the day.

The Big Spring Clean will take place in a maximum of 10 locations across the whole borough on the weekend of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April. Merton Council and Merton Matters will be announcing the locations soon and the council will post them on its website and on Twitter and Facebook.

Through the spring clean, the council and Merton Matters want to shout loud and clear that there is no excuse for dropping litter on our streets. The council spends over £5million every year clearing the streets of litter, fly tips, graffiti and other environmental crimes. That is money it could spend on other services to benefit the community.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up to become a Merton Street Champion at the Big Merton Spring Clean.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental cleanliness Councillor Judy Saunders said: “We are all fed up of people littering on our streets. Our clean teams are out around the clock clearing up litter and fly tips. We know the vast majority of people look after where they live, but we want to crack down on the few who spoil the local environment for the rest of us. We are encouraging residents to be involved in the spring clean and it’s great to be working on this exciting new initiative with Merton Matters to tackle this issue.”

Dan Goode from Merton Matters said: “Working with the council, this is a great opportunity to get involved in the Big Merton Spring Clean. We’re so lucky to live in a beautiful and green London borough, and we all need to look after it so we can all continue to enjoy this great place. I’m looking forward to seeing residents coming to join us on what will hopefully be a fine April weekend.”